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December 22, 2014

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Structure, Governance and Committees of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies



The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is administered by a dean who serves as chairperson of the Graduate Faculty Council. This Council has five (5) standing committees: the Graduate Admissions Committee, the Graduate Awards Committee, the NSERC Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee, the SSHRC Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee and the Graduate Student Appeals Committee.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies administers the policies of the Senate as they pertain to graduate studies. The Graduate Faculty Council is responsible for establishing the policies of the faculty as recommended to it by the departments in the faculties of Arts, Music, Science, Social Work, by the School of Business and Economics, by the Brantford campus, and by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. The administration of all policies and procedures within the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and of all matters pertaining to admission, programs of study, and comprehensive, thesis and dissertation examinations, is the responsibility of the university Graduate Studies Office.


There are five standing committees of Graduate Faculty Council:

  • the Graduate Admissions Committee
  • the Graduate Awards Committee
  • the NSERC Graduate Scholarships Selection Committee
  • the SSHRC Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee
  • the Graduate Student Appeals Committee
Graduate Admissions Committee

Responsibilities: To advise the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies on recommendations for admission to graduate programs on applications which are considered as "alternate admissions"(i.e., applicants who do not cleanly meet the admission requirements of the university or of the program).

Membership: The Committee consists of five faculty holding Regular Membership on the Graduate Faculty, elected by Council from the divisional councils, and the Manager of Graduate Administration (non-voting). No divisional council will have representation for more than 3 consecutive years. The Committee is chaired by the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Committee Membership 2014-2015

  • Marshall Fine, FSW
  • Ignacio Castillo, SBE
  • George Lai (Math), Science
  • Ken Morrison (Sociology), Arts
  • Jill Rusin (Philosophy), Arts

    Graduate Awards Committee

    Responsibilities: To make recommendations to the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regarding the endowed scholarships, medals for academic excellence and other scholarships (e.g., Trudeau Foundation, Mackenzie King), other than those funded by the federal granting agencies. This Committee may also provide consultation and direction to students and their academic units on issues regarding these scholarships.

    Membership: The Committee consists of five faculty holding Regular Membership on the Graduate Faculty, elected by Council from the divisional councils, including Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. Faculty are not eligible to serve on this Committee while holding an appointment as a Graduate Co-ordinator. No divisional council will have representation for more than 3 consecutive years. The Dean or delegate will serve as Chairperson; the Manager of Graduate Administration will serve as Secretary (ex-officio).

    Committee Membership, 2014-2015

    • Alison Blay-Palmer (Geography & Environmental Studies), Arts
    • Jorg Broschek (Political Science), Arts
    • Lan Guo (Business), SBE
    • Dana Weiner (History), Arts
    • Joel Weadge (Biology), Science
    Graduate Student Appeals Committee

    Responsibilities: Normally, the Graduate Student Appeals Committee (SAC) is the first level of appeal for graduate students of decisions that affect their academic standing and the Senate SAC is the second and final level of appeal (there are different procedures in matters concerning academic misconduct; see WLU policy 12.2: Student Code of Conduct and Discipline). The Petitions Policy for Graduate Students is found in the Graduate Calendar.

    The Graduate SAC will consider and decide all petitions within six (6) weeks of the filing of the petitions.

    Membership: The committee shall consist of6 members. Members shall include:

    • the Dean (or designate) of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (who will chair the committee and be non-voting except in the case of a tied vote)
    • 3 graduate students (from 3 different Faculties, elected from the graduate student body)
    • 3 faculty members (from 3 different Faculties, all with graduate faculty status, elected by Graduate Faculty Council)
    • the manager of graduate administration (or designate) (non-voting, recorder of minutes)

    Normally, the chair will be the Dean (or designate).

    Committee Membership, 2014-2015

    • Bree Akesson, Social Work
    • Lisa Keeping (Business), SBE
    • Kathleen Jessup (student rep; SJCE), Liberal Arts
    • Beth Watters (student rep; MSW), Social Work
    • Jonathan Mark Wilson (Biology), Science
    • Mike McCleary (student rep; English/Film Studies), Arts
    NSERC Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee

    Responsibilities: To review and select the top applications for the NSERC PGS/CGS competition.

    Membership: The Committee will consist of six NSERC-eligible tenured faculty. The membership shall include one member from School of Business and Economics, one from Faculty of Arts and four members from the Faculty of Science. TheDean or delegate will serve as Chairperson, and the Manager of Graduate Administrationwill serve as Secretary (ex-officio).

    Committee Membership, 2014-2015

    • Vladimir Kitaev (Chemistry), Science
    • Peruvemba Ravi (Business), SBE
    • Brent Wolfe (Geography), Arts
    • Tristan Long (Biology), Science
    • Stephan Perry (Kinesiology), Science
    • David White (Psychology), Science
    SSHRC Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee

    Responsibilities: To review and select the top applications for the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship/CGS Scholarship for Doctoral students, and the SSHRC CGS Award for Master's students.

    Membership: The Committee will include four members from social science disciplines and two members from humanities disciplines. The Associate Dean or delegate will serve as Chairperson, and the Manager of Graduate Administrationwill serve as Secretary (ex-officio).

    Committee Membership, 2014-2015

    • Alexandra Gottardo (Psychology), Science
    • Chet Robie (Business), SBE
    • William Morrison (Business), SBE
    • Colin Robertson (Geography), Arts
    • Michael Sibalis (History), Arts
    • Jason Neelis (Religion & Culture), Arts
    CIHR Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee

    Responsibilities: To review and select the top applications for the CIHR Doctoral Fellowship/CGS Scholarship for Doctoral students, and the CIHR CGS Award for Master's students.

    Membership: The Committee will consist of six CIHR-eligible tenured faculty. The Associate Dean or delegate will serve as Chairperson, and the Manager of Graduate Administrationwill serve as Secretary (ex-officio).

    Committee Membership, 2014-2015

    • Josephine McMurray (Business), SBE
    • Sean Doherty (Geography), Arts
    • Robb Travers (Psychology), Science
    • Michael Cinelli (Kinesiology), Science
    • Geoff Nelson (Psychology), Science
    • Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb (Biology), Science
    OGS Selection Committee - Social Science/Humanities

    Responsibilities:To review and select the top OGS applications for SSHRC-eligible students

    Membership: The Committee will consist of six SSHRC-eligible tenured faculty

    Committee Membership, 2014-2015

    • Alistair Edgar (Political Science) arts
    • Scott Slocombe (Geography) Arts
    • Michael Haughton (Business), SBE
    • Rosemary McGowan,Business Technology Management and Leadership
    • Blaine Chaisson (History), Arts
    • Ghislain Thibault (Comms), Arts
    OGS Selection Committee - Natural Sciences

    Responsibilities:To review and select the top OGS applications for NSERC-eligible students

    Membership: The Committee will consist of three NSERC-eligible tenured faculty

    Committee Membership, 2014-2015

    • Jonathan Mark Wilson (Biology), Science
    • Joel Weadge (Biology) Science
    • Vladimir Kitaev (Chemistry), Science
    OGS Selection Committee - Health

    Responsibilities:To review and select the top OGS applications for CIHR-eligible students

    Membership:The Committee will consist of three CHIR-eligible tenured faculty.

    Committee Membership, 2014-2015

    • Renee MacPhee (Health Sciences and Kinesiology & Physical Education), Science
    • Robb Travers (Health Sciences and Psychology). Science
    • Kate Rossiter (Health Studies), Human & Social Sciences